Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not brought into focus: an unfocused lens.
  • adj. Not centered on anything specific: "my unfocused broodings about love and loyalty” ( John le Carré).

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  • adj. Not focused

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of an image) not being in or brought into focus
  • adj. not concentrated at one point or upon one objective

Etymologies

un- +‎ focused (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Where no focused interaction occurs, the term unfocused gathering can be used.

    Behavior in Public Places

  • President Obama made clear during five wide-ranging television interviews Sunday that he had firmly turned the page on the George W. Bush administration's foreign policy, which he described as unfocused and "adrift" in Afghanistan as well as outdated in its approach to a possible Iranian missile threat.

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

  • To call this unfocused is simply a misstatement of the facts.

    Obama Speaks of NASA Being Adrift - NASA Watch

  • "That challenged our guys because we knew that they might have come in unfocused and looking ahead to Ohio State," Grobe said.

    USATODAY.com

  • Israel’s coarse arrogance and fiendishly systematic brutalization of the Palestinian people has led to a numb outrage that tends to erupt in unfocused ways.

    Matthew Yglesias » Ground Attack

  • What’s making this year’s show feel so unfocused is that the individual corporations want to deal, but they’re not sure at all – it seems to me – how the business models work out exactly.

    Death of the Corporation - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • I mean, he's kind of a, you know, I guess, a little bit unfocused, which is sort of part of his genius, but here, it doesn't necessarily serve him all that well.

    Lil Wayne, My Morning Jacket Release New CDs

  • His expression was unfocused, as if he had no idea that he was standing in the middle of a busy intersection, and when he saw them approaching there was no indication that he recognized them.

    Come Get Some

  • Their efforts were described as unfocused and uncoordinated.

    NASA Watch: Keith Cowing: February 2006 Archives

  • He knows many are shocked that such a well-known British business has fallen to an American predator - especially a buyer that has been regularly described as unfocused, and poor in delivery, by none other than Carr himself.

    Top stories from Times Online

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